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A district of choice

Independent School District 196, also known as the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, is a public school district of choice that is committed to educating students to reach their full potential. In District 196, the sky’s the limit! That’s because our committed team of educators is dedicated to helping learners explore the outer limits of their vast potential. District 196 is nationally recognized for providing boundless opportunities in which students can learn and grow. Whether they have an affinity for academics, arts and/or athletics, our goal is to expose students to the infinite possibilities within the district and throughout the communities we serve. Together, we encourage students each day to pursue excellence as they experience their exciting journey along the road of life.

District 196 is located in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is the fourth largest school district in Minnesota, serving approximately 28,000 students and more than 150,000 total residents. The district’s 110 square miles encompass all or part of the cities of RosemountApple ValleyEaganBurnsville, Coates, Inver Grove Heights and Lakeville, and Empire and Vermillion townships.

District 196 has 19 elementary schools (grades K-5); six middle schools (grades 6-8); four high schools (grades 9-12); an optional School of Environmental Studies at the Minnesota Zoo for juniors and seniors; an Area Learning Center alternative high school for those more successful in a non-traditional setting; a K-12 special education school for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (Dakota Ridge), and a special education school serving young adults ages 18-21 (Transition Plus). Five of the district’s elementary schools and one middle school are magnet schools that offer focused instruction around the themes of arts and science, international studies, leadership and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The district also operates two learning centers (Cedar Valley and Dakota Valley) that provide early childhood and Adult Basic Education, and offers robust community education programs and classes for life-long learners of all ages.

District 196 has high academic standards and expectations, and a record of outstanding student achievement both in and out of the classroom. The district has a comprehensive curriculum, outstanding teachers, supportive communities and a high level of parent involvement. District 196 has a graduation rate of 92 percent and approximately 90 percent of graduates indicate plans to continue their education after high school.

District 196 is consistently recognized as a responsible steward of the public’s investment in its schools. The district has earned the Meritorious Budget Award and Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting numerous times from the Association of School Business Officials International.

We invite you to explore our website and contact us to learn more about District 196!

  • Educating our students to reach their full potential.

Our beliefs

  • Students come first
  • All students can learn
  • High expectations inspire students and staff to excel
  • Learning is maximized in a safe, respectful and inclusive environment
  • A well-rounded education includes opportunities in academics, the arts and athletics
  • Learning is a lifelong pursuit
  • Effective management of resources is critical
  • Partnerships and collaboration enhance educational programming
  • A culture of innovation and continuous improvement prepares students to be college and career ready
  • An informed and engaged community guides effective decision making